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Publication Date

Fall 2012

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Slavic And East European Journal


The article presents literary criticism of the book "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It focuses on the medical history of the character Prince Myshkin. According to the author, Myshkin's diagnosis of and treatment for epilepsy play an important role in his character and in the plot of the novel. Topics discussed include recognition, Dostoyevsky's medical knowledge, and the 19th-century medical concept of idiotism.


This work is freely available courtesy of American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.